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Doctor of Physical Therapy

Graduates of this educational program will enter the profession as practitioners who are prepared to practice as autonomous point-of-entry providers of physical habilitation and rehabilitation services in adherence to ethical, professional and legal standards within a variety of clinical settings.

Graduation Requirements

Satisfactory completion of 102 graduate credit hours, including clinical education. All course work must be completed in compliance with the program's and school's academic and professional policies.


The following outline depicts the curriculum requirements for the Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program. It also outlines the order in which courses must be taken.

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First Year

Semester 1 (Fall) P511 Clinical Decision Making (1 credit)
P512 Clinical Physiology (4 credits)
P513 Functional Anatomy & Clinical Biomechanics (4 credits)
D850 Gross Anatomy (8 credits)
Semester 2 (Spring) P646 Introduction to Therapeutic Interventions (4 credits)
P515 Introduction to PT Examination & Interventions (6 credits)
P534 Introduction to Motor Sciences (2 credits)
P530 Clinical Medicine & Pathophysiology (4 credits)
P570 Pharmacology for Physical Therapists (3 credits)
Semester 3
(Summer I - 6 weeks)
P599 Clinical Education I (3 credits)
Semester 4
(Summer II - 5 weeks)
P514 Evidence Based Critical Inquiry I (2 credits)

Second Year

Semester 5 (Fall) D852 Neuroscience & Clinical Neurology (5 credits)
P643 Psychosocial Dimensions of Physical Therapy Practice (2 credits)
P533 Lifespan Motor Development & Motor Control (2 credits)
P526 Physical Therapy Examination/Interventions II (4 credits)
P645 Evidence Based Critical Inquiry II (2 credits)
Semester 6 (Spring) P524 Cardiopulmonary Practice Patterns (3 credits)
P641 Neurorehabilitation I (4 credits)
P541 Musculoskeletal Practice Patterns I (4 credits)
P650 Integumentary Practice Patterns (2 credits)
P680 Health Promotion & Community Outreach (2 credits)
Semester 7
(Summer II - 6 weeks)
P532 Legal & Ethical Issues in Physical Therapy (2 credits)
P695 Clinical Education II (3 credits)

Third Year

Semester 8 (Fall) P622 Musculoskeletal Practice Patterns II (4 credits)
P642 Neurorehabilitation II (4 credits)
P660 Special Topics in Physical Therapy (3 credits)
P661 Prosthetic & Orthotic Interventions (2 credits)
P664 Administration & Management of PT Services (3 credits)
Semester 9 (Spring) P696 Clinical Education III: 12 weeks (6 credits)
P697 Clinical Education IV: 6 weeks (3 credits)
P675 Capstone Seminar (1 credit)


Optional Courses

P685 Independent Study (1-3 credits)
P698 Remedial Clinical Experience (3-6 credits)

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